Our family always enjoys the start of a new year, and 2014 is already off to an exciting start.
Abby has been asking us for a dog for years. Not being “pet lovers,” we have tried to satisfy her desire for a dog with other, easier to maintain, animals: rabbits, a hedgehog, goats, chameleons. etc. However, her desire never waned for a dog. Much to my surprise, Jon gave in, and we purchased for her a six week old puppy just before Christmas. It kind of happened on a whim as we were made aware of the fact that some fellow missionaries were selling off their litter of puppies and had one left. This spontaneous decision was made a few minutes before Abby was to receive a meningitis shot, and knowing her fear of shots, Jon thought this announcement would help calm her a bit. It worked, and Abby was pleasantly surprised with her dad breaking the news of us buying her a dog! She named her puppy, Midnight, and so far has been faithful to take care of her as she had promised!
Around the second week of January I began not feeling “right.” The thought quickly came to mind that I was possibly pregnant and my concern was that soon I’d probably be laid up and unable to care for my family, as previously has been the case with other pregnancies. Over the next couple of days I tried to make and freeze some things to help if this was indeed the case. We took a family trip to do grocery shopping in the capital of Lomé, six hours south, and though I had to lie down most of the trip there and back we all had a good time. The day after we returned home, the real nauseousness began, and I was quite confident I was pregnant. A pregnancy test soon revealed that that was indeed the case, and my husband was immediately on cloud nine!
I don’t know of any other men who get excited when their wives become sick, but mine does! He has great pity for me, but knowing that I’m most likely pregnant, as that seems to be the main times I’m sick, makes him smile from ear to ear. So, #4 is on the way, and we are all very happy about that. The Lord has blessed us abundantly with three precious girls and we are eager to welcome either another princess or our first boy into the family near the end of September.
Jon has truly amazed me with his ability to fulfill both his role as Daddy as well as care for the girls in the things I generally do, since I’ve been sick. The guy can cook, clean, change diapers, entertain the girls, bathe them, put them to bed, keep them quiet when mommy’s resting…etc. I’m very thankful for the wonderful husband God has given me and our girls are blessed to call him DADDY.
Many of you are aware that our sweet Emma, who is 17 months old, is a climber! She has been climbing on anything and everything since she began walking at 11 months. This includes the dining room table, coffee tables, Jon’s desk, Abby’s school desk, beds, nightstands…etc. We have been very grateful she has not hurt herself in all her climbing, especially since we have tile floors in every room of the house.
Well, her injury free streak ended last night as she climbed up on a wooden shoe rack, tried to turn around and lost her footing, crashing chin first onto Jon’s wooden desk. As I rushed over and picked her up, I immediately saw blood pouring out from her chin. She had a good inch size gash just under her chin and being that it was already 8 at night, our options were limited. Jon immediately called a doctor friend two hours north, and he advised us to leave early in the morning and bring her up for him to stitch her chin.
Abby really wanted to go with her daddy and Emma, but we weren’t sure that was the best idea as the girls had gone to bed late and Jon wanted to leave around 5:30am. However, when I walked out of our bedroom at 5:15am to grab some breakfast for Jon, I noticed a few lights already on. Abby was all dressed in the living room, had a play horse and a book beside the front door to help her pass the time in the truck, was thumbing through one of her school books and had an empty bowl next to her, saying she’d already eaten some cereal for breakfast. “Dad didn’t think I’d wake up in time, but I showed him” she said to me with a cute little laugh.
Jon was happy to have her along for the ride and to help with Emma and they were out the door at 5:45AM. As Jon held Emma, the doctor gave her several shots to numb her chin and then proceeded to stitch her up. Jon relayed to me how well she behaved and how still she was through the whole procedure. If you know our Emma, being still is not her forté, and I was very proud of her to say the least! Once again daddy was the hero, willing to take Emma alone, since I was too sick to go, and have her chin taken care of in hopes of reducing the scaring. We are very thankful her injury was not more serious and that Jon didn’t need to drive the six hours to a missionary hospital, as he had to do with Abby three years ago for the same reason, because we now have another missionary hospital only two hours north of us!
So our year is off to an exciting start and we have so much to thank the Lord for even during times of sickness or injuries. God is so good to take care of us daily, and we are honored that so many of you, our family and friends, keep us in your prayers as we serve here in Togo. Thank you!
Misc. pictures below
Abby and Annabelle playing while Jon and I visit with a friend. They play so well together and we just love watching them interact.
This is a picture taken from on top of our house looking out towards the mountain. We are in harmattan season here, the time of year when the dust from the Sahara creates a haze for us that can pretty much coat everything in your house with a layer of dust each day.
The girls playing before church in the village of Kpaha.
If we had a dollar for every time that we have seen a semi truck turned over here we would all be very wealthy. Jon saw this guy today on the way back from getting Emma’s stitches. It looks like the driver lost a load of cotton on this dirt road.
It’s a dangerous job being a truck driver here. We thank God every time we travel long distances here for protecting us all on these crazy roads.
Annabelle and Emma like to try and copy Jon while he does push-ups so he thought that he would incorporate them into his workout.